Author: Senior Pastors, Jo Ann Kunz & Tony Blair

Apr
04
2020

As the global pandemic worsens, the economic falters, and isolation begins to wear on us, what we need most is courage for hard times. But where does that come? And what does it look like? Today’s service will provide musical encouragement, teaching, prayers, and wisdom to help us find and live out the courage Christ offers us for moments like this. We invite you to watch these videos for worship and the message, and join us in the virtual foyer.

Worship: Shawn Erb

So often I try to create a worship set in which the songs are thematically related to one another. This allows us to focus on one or two attributes of God or a central focus on the circumstances of life that we may find ourselves in. In today’s worship set, the message in each song can stand alone. You may identify more with one than another, depending on where you are at personally today. Listen to the entire set and sing your prayers and praises along with them, or pick just a few to sit with.  I think you’ll find at least one that will meet you where you’re at. 

  1. Greater: A reminder that God is greater than all other gods and He deserves all the glory
  2. Way Maker: Our God is able to make a way where there seems to be no way.
  3. Lord I Need You: A simple prayer of confession and dependence on God for every aspect of life.
  4. Nearer My God to Thee: A powerful prayer longing to draw closer to God, for we can only find true rest in Him.
  5. Whom Shall I Fear (Psalm 27): When the coldness of night appears, and when our food day and night are our tears, He is here.  Whom shall we fear?

Message: Tony Blair and Jo Ann Kunz

We were created for courage. And Jesus meets us in our fears to help us find it in himself.

Virtual Foyer Zoom Meeting

Do you miss chatting in the foyer after the service? We do, too! Join us Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM (Eastern Time) for some fellowship around the virtual coffee table.

Join link: https://zoom.us/j/743042278

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Mar
03
2020

What’s the meaning of all of this? How does this week’s experience of social distancing and isolation, fear and anxiety, fit into God’s intention that we should be connected in love? And how can we connect with God and each other when we can’t be in the same room? This page includes a number of reflections and resources to help us answer those questions, including

worship reflections led by Shawn Erb,

 …a recorded message by Jo Ann and Tony, 

…a 10-minute recorded devotional from Tony, and 

…an invitation/link to a LIVE “Virtual Foyer” at 11:00 am, led by elders Rick and Beth McKinney. Hard copies of the message are also available. Scroll down and click to enjoy! 

Worship

Join Shawn Erb for a time of worship.
Our God is greater…

Welcome to PAUSE/PRAY from engageworship. This is a collection of audio Bible reflections, featuring original music, guided prayers, and themes related to Bible passages and daily life. We have imagined you putting on your headphones and taking a moment to be with God, wherever you find yourself.

Message

Listen to the recording of this week’s message, where Jo Ann and Tony discuss how we were created for connection, what that connection can look like, and why it matters this week, in particular. A transcript of the message can be found at the bottom of this page.

Devotional

A 10 minute devotional from Tony: Breathe

Virtual Foyer Zoom Meeting

Do you miss chatting in the foyer after the service? We do, too! Join us from 11:00AM – 12:00PM Eastern Time for some fellowship around the virtual coffee table.

Zoom Meeting Link
https://zoom.us/j/743042278?pwd=TVF2dkNKN2Nzc0JwTWIvY1NJd1A4Zz09

Dial in…
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 743 042 278

How do you participate in a live event online? It’s actually fairly easy with the technology we’ve chosen. You don’t have to download any software or install any app, and you can participate on your computer, your tablet, or even your smartphone. You can even call in!… although it would be so much better if you’re able to go online, so you can share video with the rest of us and we can see you! Just click on the link and a “Zoom” room will open. Click on “full screen” to see best, and then look in the bottom left hand corner for a camera icon. Click on that, and if your device camera is working, you’ll see yourself on the screen… and you’ll see others too! Then look next to the camera icon for a microphone icon. Click on that, and you’ll be able to talk. It’s best, once the meeting is started, to keep that mic turned off until or unless you want to speak. Your host or others in the room may be able to help with any other questions or challenges, but hopefully this will work well for most of us.

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Mar
03
2020

Welcome to Hosanna! online! We’d rather be meeting together in person but for now we’ll continue to stay connected however we can. For this week, our “Sunday morning service” will consist of these three recorded videos… you can watch one, two, or three of them! You can watch them at 9:30, during our regular service times, knowing that other Hosannans will be doing the same thing at the same time, and thus keep that connection in time. Or you can watch them later…whenever you want. One is Shawn Erb leading in some worship… and it’s important that we continue to worship, particularly when the world feels a bit dark. Another is this week’s message from Jo Ann and Tony–a special theme for this most unusual of weeks. And a third consists of some photos and spiritual reflections from Tony’s time visiting biblical sites in Greece and Turkey.

We’re obviously not passing the offering buckets since we’re not together in person, but the ministry of Hosanna continues this week, perhaps more than ever! You can give your offering one of two ways:
1. By using Pushpay. There’s a button on the “Online Offering” page of this website. It’s pretty easy. 🙂 
2. By mailing a check to Hosanna. The address is 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz, PA 17543

Thanks so much for continuing to be generous in hard times! 

Join Shawn Erb for worship about Psalm 130. Here are some hymns of hope and healing to lift us out of the depths of fear and despair.
Psalm 130 Reflection: Out of the Depths

What do you do when things get a bit dark? Jo Ann and Tony share about the meaning of ‘corona’ and how God can shine in us and through us in this dark time.

The poem read in this video is available here, and a transcript of the video is available here.


Tony and Carol recently returned from a tour of biblical sites in Greece and Turkey. Tony will show some photos and share some reflections on how the earliest Christians lived out their faith in a time of adversity.

A written transcript of Tony’s tour is available here.

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